Campaigning begins over new Dorking superstore

This is Surrey Today

Friday, January 21, 2011, 08:00
By Sam Blackledge
The four potential sites for a new supermaket

SUPERSTORE SHOWDOWN: The four potential sites for a new supermaket by dorkingad on Flickr

CONCERNED campaigners have called on the people of Dorking to fight plans for a supermarket outside the town centre.

Last week the Advertiser reported on a council deal that could see a new Morrisons store open on the Station Road/Curtis Road depot site.

Dorking SOS, a campaign group which opposes supermarket expansion, is preparing to re-launch in reaction to the latest announcement.

Founding member [NW link=””]Rob Sedgwick[/NW] said the group would look to match the efforts of Save Our Village Environment in Ashtead, where more than 6,000 people signed a petition against plans put forward by Tesco.

Mr Sedgwick said: “You just have to look at Ashtead – what a difference it made there. That is a shining example of the kind of campaign that people could mount.

“It was well run and very well organised. I think the people of Ashtead did everything they could.